Create a new Evernote note from Launchy

I love Evernote. And I love Launchy. But it turns out that combining the two was more difficult than I expected. All I wanted was a way to add a new note to Evernote from Launchy without having to open up Evernote’s whole interface and do all sorts of clicking and such. After a bunch of digging, and a little bit of scripting, I finally created a way to do it.

Take the evernoteadd.bat script and place it anywhere you want. Replace my "_INBOX" with whatever default folder you want these notes to go to. Then simply create a Launchy action in Runner with this batch file as the program, and "$$" "$$" as the arguments. To create a new note from Launchy, type the name of the action you created, hit TAB, type the title of the note TAB text of the note RETURN.

Download the script

UPDATE: Thanks to StackOverflow, I figured out a way to make the script work without a temp file. I’ve updated the script accordingly

    • David Shipp
    • April 16th, 2013

    Thanks Ryan, I’m going to find this useful. As someone who’s currently trying to go paperless with Evernote, I’d enjoy reading more articles about how you’re using it.

    • I’m just getting started with Evernote myself, but I’ll write more as my journey continues.

    • Eddie
    • April 16th, 2013

    This is huge. Thanks.

    • KG33
    • April 17th, 2013

    Thanks for this script, it works great! Any way to add the ability to assign tags to the note? I’d like to have 2 or 3 actions that each will create a new note but with a different set of tags. Eg. one for notes tagged as “work” and one for notes tagged as “home”.

    • You could modify the script slightly. I’d create two versions of the script with different actions. The ENScript way to add a tag is `/t tagname`. So if you wanted to tag as work, create one with `/t work` at the end.

    • James
    • June 18th, 2013

    Thank you for this note. I am having some trouble getting it to work. I hope you can help, I am not great at this stuff.

    Here is what I have done so far.

    1) Downloaded the evernoteadd.bat script and saved it in my downloads folder.
    2) When I tried to open that file by double clicking, a little black window popped open and then closed immediately (looked like the command screen but I couldn’t see what it said).
    3) I opened the .bat file in notepad and edited it from “_Inbox” to the name of the Evernote Notebook I wanted to use. Then I saved the .bat file.
    4) Opened Launchy and went to the Runner plugin. I think this is where I am having problems.
    5) I created a new command. In the “Name” column I have named it “zxcvb” (for now). In the “Program” column it is the path to the .bat file in my downloads folder. And then in Arguments I have $$ $$ (like that, no quotation marks).
    6) When I do Alt+Space and open launchy, and type in zxcvb then TAB then enter text and press Enter, the little black box pops up and goes away again, but no note is created in Evernote.

    Do you have any idea how to fix this? Thank you

    • Try setting the arguments as:

      "$$" "$$"

        • James
        • June 18th, 2013

        Same result, black box pops up and then closes

      • Try this one:

        Set the argument to “$$”.

        The other script was designed to have a title and content, so you would do:

        xwnqnf Title goes here Content goes here.

        The new script will only do the content, so it will create an untitled note. So just:

        xwnvcnw Content here

    • James
    • July 1st, 2013

    Hey, that works, thanks very much for the help!

  1. Awesome items in this article. I’m quite glad to see your current report. Thank you considerably using this program . having a look in front to call you. Would you like to be sure to fall me a snail mail?

  2. Awesome work, thank you! First I didn’t even think such a plugin exists for Evernote and Lunchy, then I tried a search and got this 🙂

  3. Ryan, Just finding this. My old way of creating a new journal note broke when I updated to Windows 10, so I am looking for a new way to launch a new note. Above you write: “UPDATE: Thanks to StackOverflow, I figured out a way to make the script work without a temp file. I’ve updated the script accordingly.”

    When I use the script you link to, it deletes the txt note with my Evernote content. Is the script you link to the update version?


    • Disappointed
    • August 29th, 2016

    Evernote, the company, am be moonbats what drunk the Kool Aide. As far as they are concerned, they are confident that their idea of the software and how it works is true and correct. They figure they can get free support from the users, pointing out to other users, how do use features.

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